Student Projects

Just Art Project: Social Justice through Art

Author: Sonya Ramirez

Grade: 7th

Subject: Humanities

Just Art Project: Social Justice through Art
Display of student work on walls of gallery
Students working on presentation materials
Students working on mural

Ever think that art was just something nice to look at? Well, think again. Through this project, students will learn about street art and how it can be a mechanism for political and social change. For this project, students will investigate art in its various forms as well as understanding one of its many purposes – promoting a message of social justice and hopefully making our society better than what it used to be. Students will demonstrate their understanding through a persuasive speech and their own street art.

  • What change do I want to see in my community? What message do I want to send out?
  • What is social justice? What are some examples of social injustices occurring in our community? In our country? In the world?
  • What is “street art”? What is “symbolism”?
  • How is symbolism used in street art to convey a deeper message or statement?

H1: I can close-read and annotate a complex text/speech by identifying & looking up unfamiliar vocabulary, asking closed-ended and open-ended questions, writing a summary of what I read and having a discussion with a peer about it.

H2: I can pull text evidence out of a complex piece of text in order to prove my claim/opinion in both written work and verbally. I can cite and write commentary to explain the data/evidence.

H3: I understand what makes a strong and powerful speech. I am able to use the characteristics of a strong public speaker to communicate effectively to a large group of people.

H4: I understand what symbolism is, can list examples of it and can identify it in the real world. I understand what the significance of symbolism is.

H5: I can have a deep, thoughtful discussion with others about what art can/should be. I understand that art can be used as a powerful tool to communicate a message to our society.

 

 

Political Speech

1.     Topic Brainstorm

2.     Topic Research/Thinking Map

3.     Speech Outline

4.     Drafts

Stencil

1.     Brainstorm/Thinking Map

2.     Black/white image

3.     Stencil cutout

4.     Final Painted Stencil

Artist Statement

1.     Rough draft

2.     Final draft

 

4 5 6

What is art? Picture Prediction

7

 

8

Sonya out

11

What is social justice?

Reading 1

12

Speech example:

TED talk

13 ½ Day

Start Thinking Map & reseazrch

14

 

 

15

(Makers Guest Speakers)

18

-Trivia

-Vocab.

 

-Speech outline review

-WT

 

Thinking Map due

 

TT: Speech WT (Nicole prep)

19

-Vocab. Pictionary

-MLK Speech (listen & annotate)

 

TT: DP/Exhibition (Sonya prep)

20

-Vocab. Charades

-Speech Example #3

-Speech WT

 

Speech Outline due

 

TT: Math Game

-Speech Outline/type 1st draft

21

-Stencil Gallery Walk/Chalk Talk

-Stencil Thinking Map WT

 

TT: Open WT

 

22

Guest Speaker: David

 

Stencil rubric

 

TT: Giants, Wizards, Elves

 

25

Guest Speaker: Justine @ 9AM

 

Stencil Thinking Map due

 

Stencil WT (speech checkin)

26

-SBAC

-WT (speech revise/finish, stencil)

27

-Is street art, art? Should it be legal?

ETTGS

-WT (speech checkin)

28

-Math Day (1st period)

 

-SBAC

 

Stencil B/W image due

29

-Debrief SBAC

-WT (speech check in)

2

-Sample Speech Critiques (review norms, review rubric)

-Artist Statement

-Critique Speeches

3

Final Stencil Cut out due

4

Writerz Blok (take pic of stencil before you throw it away!!)

5

Sonya out

 

6

Snow Day

5/9-5/13 Testing; 5/11 Half Day; 5/13 7th Grade Lock-In
16

Final Speech due

 

Artist Statement, DP update

17

Reuben out

 

Artist Statement, Revise/rehearse speech, DP update

18

Reuben out

 

Artist Statement due

19

Book Fair – 1:55-2:20

 

Drop off Artist Statements/Pedestal displays

20

Reuben out (maybe)

23

 

Per. 5 POL Group

24

 

Per. 4 POL Group

25 ½ Day

POL Workshops

26

Albion Pros Schedule

 

Rehearse

9:40-10:35 (10)

11:55-12:50 (10)

1:35-3:30 (20)

20 TOTAL

27

Rehearse

9-9:50 (8)

11:05-11:55 (10)

12-12:50 (8)

1:35-2:25 (10)

18 TOTAL

30

Memorial Day

31

Vote on Speakers

 

DP update

 

Reading Plus Assessment

 

Per. 3 POL Groups

1

 

Per. 2 POL Group

2

PL Library set-up @12:30

 

Exhibition @ PL Library (4-5:30)

3

 

Per. 1 POL Group